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Mate and me had a ride out yesterday. Judging by the look of the stands we were the first to shoot it. 
It’s positioned just to the right of Stand 1, which is disconnected for obvious reasons. Feels a bit hemmed in really as it’s in a dip and surrounded by a high fence to prevent peppering from other stands, buts it’s fine, and the targets seemed a longer way up than they actually are as they’re 70mm, I think he said.

Anyhow, they’re certainly hittable. Took me a few shots to find where I needed to be, but 1/4 and 1/2 will do it. The young trees in leaf behind seem to quickly appear in vision as the bird makes its path, but if you take the first as a crosser it seems to give you more time. 
It was around 1330 when we started, and a clear sky, so the sun may be something to always contend with on sunny days as it was yesterday, but it can be on any stand really. 
The first trap eventually developed a fault unfortunately, so we just did with the B trap. 
The other tower traps on Stand 6 seem pretty straightforward by comparison, and after consistently hitting both birds as report birds, we go onto pairs, which at first we hit, but then for some reason I start missing the one on the right, and struggle to find it again even as a single. Don’t know why that is, but it happened last time also. 🤷‍♂️
Anyhow, had a good afternoon in gusty conditions, which saw us ‘tree clipping‘ a few times as the wind kept some of the birds low. 
This is without doubt my favourite ground now; just turn up ( no booking necessary ) sign in, pick up your card and away you go. 
Had a word with Aaron about building a driven grouse butt. It may happen. 🙂

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I’ve enjoyed a couple of days at Westlands ,it’s a good set up. I have been over to Bisley at Braidwood too and was impressed. Their last stand out is a grouse butt and they also have a variety of incoming birds on a few stands located beside a semi circular area of high ground. Plenty of crossers too, It’s worth a try if it’s within striking distance Scully.

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1 hour ago, BlaserF3 said:

I too like shooting here, there's a good variety of targets and the no birds are becoming less. The staff are friendly too'

Off up one day next week  😀

The only no birds we got were due to that new A trap packing in. That was out of 300 shells. 

39 minutes ago, johnphilip said:

A great report , my favourite  grund  even at 180 miles round trip . Not been over for a while . Is the new clubhouse built then . The old one would have made an amazing shed 😀😀

New clubhouse is up but interior not finished yet. I think one of the lasses said before Christmas, but it’ll be tight I would think. 

2 hours ago, Konor said:

I’ve enjoyed a couple of days at Westlands ,it’s a good set up. I have been over to Bisley at Braidwood too and was impressed. Their last stand out is a grouse butt and they also have a variety of incoming birds on a few stands located beside a semi circular area of high ground. Plenty of crossers too, It’s worth a try if it’s within striking distance Scully.

Googled Braidwood. Hadn’t heard of it. It’s just under two hours from us, so maybe, some time. 

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Westlands is great, stayed for 3 days and shot 400+ clays there... Bisley is even better though, its got about 5 options at every stand and honestly, you need 2-3 days at it to shoot all combinations without getting sore. Both are excellent and both worth the 4hour each way trip for me. 

However, of the 2 Bisley is the best. 

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I’ve just realised the title might be misleading; it isn’t a ‘new’ tower but rather the same one, but with a much higher trap launching targets more or less at a right angle to the other two tower traps, over where stand 1 was, as opposed to over Stands 5 and 6. 
My apologies for any misunderstanding. 

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10 hours ago, Scully said:

I’ve just realised the title might be misleading; it isn’t a ‘new’ tower but rather the same one, but with a much higher trap launching targets more or less at a right angle to the other two tower traps, over where stand 1 was, as opposed to over Stands 5 and 6. 
My apologies for any misunderstanding. 

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Met the new RFD of Westlands the other day. Seemed a canny enough bloke, and I was pleased to discover that he doesn’t intend to kit it out specifically for the dedicated clay shot, which had been a concern of mine. 
He agreed that the majority of shooters who used the ground were game shooters who shot clays, and not the reverse, or clays only. I have nothing against dedicated trap shooters, I just had visions of it turning into the sort of shop where all the guns are dedicated trap guns with ridiculously high ribs and of a price I can’t afford, and nothing of real interest to me. I like a gun shop which caters to all and has a good mixture of secondhand pumps, autos, sxs’s and OU’s of all types, as well as new or high end guns. 
 

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38 minutes ago, Scully said:

Met the new RFD of Westlands the other day. Seemed a canny enough bloke, and I was pleased to discover that he doesn’t intend to kit it out specifically for the dedicated clay shot, which had been a concern of mine. 
He agreed that the majority of shooters who used the ground were game shooters who shot clays, and not the reverse, or clays only. I have nothing against dedicated trap shooters, I just had visions of it turning into the sort of shop where all the guns are dedicated trap guns with ridiculously high ribs and of a price I can’t afford, and nothing of real interest to me. I like a gun shop which caters to all and has a good mixture of secondhand pumps, autos, sxs’s and OU’s of all types, as well as new or high end guns. 
 

I am looking forward to it opening as my nearest gun shop. Agree on the make up of the clientele, would just add wildfowlers to your description.

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1 minute ago, Dave at kelton said:

I am looking forward to it opening as my nearest gun shop. Agree on the make up of the clientele, would just add wildfowlers to your description.

Indeed. I meant all disciplines. 👍

With Lakeland Guns closing, Westlands will marginally be closer to me than Malmo. 

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